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I’ve got my Tiger-Eye on this Annabelle 4Show Eyeshadow Quad

What it is: Annabelle 4Show eyeshadow quad in Tiger-Eye

Why Tiger-Eye? I was sent three 4Show shadows, and I’m not sure yet if I’m going to review or give away the other two. To be honest, the look of the other two isn’t exactly dazzling me in person (despite the gorgeous press release images), so they’re still sealed up. This one caught my eye, though, with its gold-flecked black – I knew I had to swatch it, stat!

Annabelle Tiger-Eye 4Show, swatched dry on unprimed skin.

Annabelle Tiger-Eye 4Show, swatched wet on unprimed skin.

The breakdown: I find that the formula for these varies quite a bit, so I wanted to do a sort of mini-review for each one. Here we go, then…

  • Ivory: Easily the most disappointing of the four, this shade gives a very ethereal glow – think “ivory/pink duochrome.” However, it really lacks pigment, even when used wet. Good in theory, but not in execution.
  • Burnt red: A warm orange-red; decently pigmented but not terribly exciting.
  • Copper: Also quite warm; a well-pigmented cross between orange and gold. While I don’t care for it, I’ll admit that I haven’t anything quite like it!
  • Black: This is just such a cool shade, and it did live up (well, it came very close) to my expectations! The gold flecks visible in the pan are maintained when the product is swatched, and I just think it’s mindblowingly awesome.

The verdict? I really like the theory behind this quad (gold flecked shadows, duochrome finishes) and I would love to see more products based on these ideas in the future, but I just wasn’t blown away by this one. At just barely under $10, I’d save your money for an Annabelle Mono eyeshadow or three instead- those are just lovely!

(If you do see a quad that you really like the look of, though, go for it – I think one of the problems was that none of the combinations really “call to  me,” you know?)

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12 Comments

  • Reply vijiis

    I'm into every single red shadow there ever was, so the red shade made me go =O. The trouble is, I hate these quads where every shadow isn't in its own pan. I like my shadows to wear away in the middle and I'm really weird about it.
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    March 14, 2011 at 7:19 AM
  • Reply Halifax

    Maybe we can hope for a mono shadow in the black shade from this quad :)

    March 14, 2011 at 8:37 AM
  • Reply Arianne

    I saw the product photos in the press release and these just wowed me. But when I swatched Pop-Eye in my Shoppers, it wasn't very smooth or pigmented at all. What a letdown! Thanks for the review. :)
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    March 14, 2011 at 9:42 AM
  • Reply dani@callitbeauty

    ooh, these are gorgeous swatched! i was drawn to the purple-y quad (surprise, surprise :p). maybe i'll pick one up one of these days.
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    March 14, 2011 at 10:57 AM
  • Reply makeupmorsels

    The black shade is super gorgeous! I'm sure I already have dupes for the other colors, though. Darn.
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    March 14, 2011 at 4:01 PM
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  • Reply @shaimapassion

    Love it the colours look charming and specially the dark brown

    April 18, 2011 at 11:17 PM
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